Fine, jail term may come up for selling water, cold drinks above MRP

Selling of bottled water and cold drinks more than their maximum retail price, may attract penalty, jail term now.

Citing the experiences of consumers, consumer affairs minister Ram Vilas Paswan said such itms are often found to be sold 10-20% higher rates at airports, restaurants and multiplexes.

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Legal Metrology Act of 2009 mentions fine up to Rs 25,000 for the first offence, which increases in the subsequent offences. It will also include the offences where they do not mention the prices at all.

The minister urged people to ask for bills and complain in case of any mis dealings. Earlier, NCDRC, had imposed Rs 5 lakh penalty on a multiplex for selling water above MRP.

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